Infragard Announces Advisory Board

New Board brings seasoned leadership and extensive experience on national security issues represented by experts from Industry, Law Enforcement, Defense and Academia


WASHINGTON, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, InfraGard, the nation's foremost collaborative partnership between private industry and the Federal government established to protect the nation's critical infrastructure, formally announced the selection of a National Advisory Board.  Consisting of industry leaders and subject matter experts, the board will advise InfraGard and the non-profit National Members Alliance (INMA), which manages 85 InfraGard chapters and over 50,000 members around the United States, and will coordinate with governmental partners.  

29-year veteran of Federal Law Enforcement Dr. Kathleen L. Kiernan, Chair of INMA, introduced James Norton as Chair of the National Advisory Board.  "James and the Board of Advisors represent some of the nation's finest public servants, all of whom have volunteered their time and expertise to help protect our nation's critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats," Kiernan said.

Incoming Advisory Board Chairman James Norton noted that "InfraGard's National Advisory Board Members represent our nation's best and brightest business executives, technology experts, security professionals, public servants, and academics bound together by the common cause of protecting Americans, the communities we live in, the means we live by, and the infrastructure that we live on."  Norton added "InfraGard is proud to serve the critical role of collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security to protect the infrastructure we rely on every day, ranging from the Internet to telecommunications systems and from energy nodes to public roadways.  Our nation's infrastructure is threatened every day, be it from storms, crime or terrorism.  The good news is that InfraGard is here to help navigate challenges, mitigate problems, and provide solutions with a deep bench of dedicated volunteers."

Norton is Vice President for General Dynamics C4 Systems Washington Operations. Immediately prior to his work at General Dynamics he served as a member of former Secretary Michael Chertoff's senior executive staff at the Department of Homeland Security as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for legislative affairs.  Norton is an adjunct professor with Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and serves on the National Board of Directors for the not for profit Curt and Shonda Schilling Shade Foundation of America helping to prevent skin cancer through education. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and master's degree in management from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.

The National Advisory Board will work closely with the Board of Directors and Chapters nationwide, and our government partners, to further InfraGard's collaborations and information sharing relating to pressing threats to our nation's cyber security, communications interoperability, and community emergency management.

The InfraGard National Board of Advisors:

Mr. James Norton (Chairman), Vice President, General Dynamics C4 Systems

Mr. T. Michael Andrews (Member), LL.M, Associate Professor University of Maryland University College

Mr. Victor Arnold-Bik (Member), Principal ABik Consulting LLC

Lt. General H. Steven Blum (USA Ret.) (Member), Fmr Chief of the National Guard Bureau

Mr. Scott Charbo (Member), Vice President Cyber Security, Accenture

Ms. Tiffany A. Cissna (Member), Principal, TAC Consulting

Ms. Anne Meree Craig (Member), President, Maxemi LLC and Executive Director, the Commit Foundation

Ms. Michele Farquhar (Member), Attorney Hogan and Lovells

Mr. Robert Griffin (Member), Executive, IBM Corporation

Ms. Dena Graziano (Member), Director, Federal Government Affairs, Symantec Corporation

Ms. Jessica Herrera-Flanigan (Member), Partner, Monument Policy Group

Mr. Todd Levett (Member), Advisor, Public Sector

The Honorable Jim Longley (Member), Former Member of Congress 

Ms. Kathy O'Connor (Member), Deputy Chief, Las Vegas Police Department

Mr. Rob Pate (Member), Vice President Cyber Security, SAIC

Dr. Ariel Roth (Member), Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Mr. James Robell, (Member), President and CEO EID Passport

Mr. Rob Strayer (Member), Director of the Homeland Security Project, Bipartisan Policy Center

Mr. Kevin Schmidt (Member), Vice President Smiths Group

Mr. Chad Sweet (Member), Co-Founder and CEO, Chertoff Group

Mr. Al Thompson (Member), Principal, Mehlman Vogel Castignetti

Ms. Pam Turner (Member), Managing Director, Prime Policy Group

Mr. Amit Yoran (Member), Senior Vice President, RSA Corporation

About the InfraGard National Members Alliance

InfraGard is a public-private volunteer organization that serves as a critical link across sectors and industries.  We have 85 member alliances spread across the country and more than 50,000 members.  It provides government stakeholders, across the local, state, and Federal levels, with unmatched access to the expertise and experience of critical infrastructure thought leaders, owners and operators.  Our leadership consists of volunteers with distinguished careers in government, business, military, law enforcement and academia. For more information please visit

SOURCE InfraGard National Members Alliance


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